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  • NEW - Up-to-the-minute, thorough, and easy-to-understand coverage of PCs and Windows XP for every beginning-level student.
    • Gives students all the practical information they will need to succeed with a new PC.

  • NEW - Practical, hands-on Internet techniques for everything from basic Internet search, browsing, and email through the latest instant messaging tools.
    • Helps students who are new to the Internet make the most of its extraordinary range of resources.

  • Coverage of every aspect of using a PC—Covers setup, Windows XP basics, software applications, the Internet, digital audio and video, maintenance, troubleshooting, and more—all in one book.
    • Gives students a single source for guidance on all the basics of using a new PC—saving them the cost and inconvenience of purchasing several books.

  • Practical Internet safety solutions—Shows students exactly how to protect themselves against today's many online risks.
    • Makes using the Internet a far safer experience for students who are unfamiliar with it.

  • Step-by-step home networking—Explains how to set up a simple home network with Windows XP and use it to share resources and Internet connections.
    • Helps students make better use of the computers, peripherals, and Internet connections they have.

Description

  • Copyright 2003
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 384
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2896-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2896-8

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics is written to be an all-in-one solution to help users get up and running on their computer and learn all the software applications that come pre-loaded on their systems. This book is a cost-effective alternative for the user who does not want to purchase several books, because it covers hardware, software, peripherals, the Internet, and troubleshooting all in one resource. It's completely updated for 2003, and includes coverage of Windows XP. The book assumes no prior knowledge, and is perfect for those who've just taken their first computer out of the box. At only $18.95, it's priced well below the competition to give the reader a great value.

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Understanding Microsoft Windows XP

Understanding Microsoft Windows XP

Table of Contents



 Introduction.

I. GETTING STARTED.

 1. Understanding Your Computer Hardware.
 2. Setting Up Your New Computer System.

II. USING WINDOWS.

 3. Understanding Microsoft Windows XP.
 4. Taking Windows for a Spin.
 5. Personalizing Windows.
 6. Working with Files and Folders.

III. USING COMPUTER SOFTWARE.

 7. Installing New Software.
 8. Using Microsoft Works Suite.
 9. Working with Words.
10. Working with Numbers.
11. Working with a Database.
12. Managing Your Finances.
13. Creating Greeting Cards and Other Cool Projects.
14. Learning with Educational Software.
15. Playing Games.

IV. USING THE INTERNET.

16. Understanding the Internet.
17. Getting Connected to the Internet.
18. Surfing the Web.
19. Finding Stuff Online.
20. Buying and Selling Online.
21. Sending and Receiving E-mail.
22. Using Instant Messaging and Chat.
23. Using Newsgroups, Message Boards, and Mailing Lists.
24. Downloading Files.
25. Creating Your Own Web Page.

V. WORKING WITH MUSIC AND PICTURES.

26. Working with Pictures.
27. Playing CDs and DVDs.
28. Playing Internet Audio and Video.
29. Downloading and Playing Digital Music.
30. Burning Your Own CDs.
31. Editing Your Own Home Movies.

VI. PROTECTING AND MAINTAINING YOUR SYSTEM.

32. Protecting Yourself and Your Kids Online.
33. Adding New Hardware.
34. Setting Up a Home Network.
35. Performing Routine Maintenance.
36. Dealing with Common Problems.
Index.

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